Fixing the van taillights

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I finally made some time to fix the taillight issue in Wun Tunn Zoop

 

My issue with my taillights is pretty common. What happens, at least in my case, is that when I hit the brakes with the headlights on one side dims out. It comes down to a short in the harness. These harnesses are readily available because of this very common issue on the Express vans. I have had the two new pigtails for a while now but have put off putting them in. And I am replacing both just because. I like my brake lights to work right!

It wasn’t too hard just a lot of trim to remove in order to get t o the inner structure where the cable hooks to the harness. Once that was all removed then it was a pretty simple r&r of the individual taillight harnesses. Then a quick light check validated that all the work paid off and the stop lights work as advertised. Excellent!

Si I feel a whole lot better and can drive at night with no issues. On to the next project.

 

Another day working on the 70

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Finishing up the details of the wiring

After working hard and getting the whole lawn done yesterday  I spent the day of me time doing some finishing details of the new wiring. Mostly terminating the front light harness. I put a terminal block in the trunk and that will join the trunk wiring to the main harness. And a bit of under-dash cleanup is in order after this all gets finished.

And since I wasn’t sure about some things so I called on my observant assistant , Scarecrow. He decided to help.

How can he help you ask? He did a “cat scan”!

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After his assistance things went along smoothly. He suggested a couple of wiring rearranging and we should be good to go. It’s getting closer every day. And if Scarecrow sticks with me it should go a lot better. That’s it for today.

And so after sharing a well deserved steak dinner with Faye Dean it is time to relax, water all the plants, sit here and chill on the patio with some Eric Clapton cranking on the music box. Nice!

Hope your day went well. Later!

 

HHR power steering is fixed …

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but the exhaust is toast!

Power Steering Assist Motor

The oem GM power steering assist motor which I acquired last week went in without a problem. The only sidebar for the r&r is that the brackets under the dash are frickin sharp! Wear a glove! After “putting a little bit of myself” into the project and patching myself up, THEN putting on a glove, it all went very smoothly. Excellent!

EPS power assist motor

Now for the exhaust

Since I was already rummaging around on the HHR this morning I decided to do some discovery on a new woofing exhaust noise coming from the rear driver quarter. So after dragging out the trusty cardboard work cushion I scooted under that area but nothing appeared to be amiss. Then I went back to the muffler area. That revealed that the mid-mount pin had rotted off. Not a big issue since there is another at the muffler tail and it was intact. But not a good thing. On first viewing I did not see any other issues.

That’s when I decided to go ahead and start it up and see if I could pin it down. Once started the sound began. I crawled back under to locate this aggravating noise.  To make it easier to locate I put my hand over the exhaust outlet to make some back pressure. And that did it! It was bleeding out in a pair of sections but from UNDER the heat shielding that is welded to the tube. Not visible from a simple look. Time for a new exhaust system!

The exhaust system on the HHR is pretty much like any other late model system an a 1-piece welded system. But, sadly, it is not stainless. So it is replaced in pieces parts. I’m not fooling around and just making it all go away. After some quick web searching I was able to locate the needed numbers for the Walker replacement parts. #56154 Exhaust resonator and pipe / #21572 Muffler. Now with the numbers on hand I made a quick call to my local supplier and they are on their way and should be available in a couple of hours. I am sure the bolts on the converter flange are most likely crap. I will just chuck them put in some new SS hardware.

So I guess I have a afternoon job planned. First I will take break for breakfast with Faye Dean and then tackle the rest later on. Not a real big job just awkward. But with  a sawzall and some determination anything is possible! Right?! And , YES!, I will be wearing gloves!

 

 

Squeaky Toy – Just a refreshing update

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If you haven’t seen Squeaky Toy in a while then here is your chance to see the project.

I have spent a lot of time trying to finish up the wiring on the 70. But I have been cleaning up a bunch of stuff as I go along. But this is just a batch of pics of the current state of repairs on this project. Enjoy!

More POWER STEERING calls on the HHR

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I had a couple more “POWER STEERING” calls on the HHR yesterday

So I guess a fix is in store

I got the first call back on May 20 and I got two more while I was out and about  yesterday, June 21. It appears that the problem has become chronic so a fix needs to be done ASAP. The call is a notification of a failure in the EPS [ Electronic Power Steering ] system. When it appears you instantaneously get full manual PS. Depending on when it happens it can be a bit surprising. There have already been a variety of recalls related to this failure on this family of vehicles. The quick and dirty temporary fix is a shut down and restart. That resets the fault. But it can, and will, return. The big fix is to simply replace the EPS motor.

What is EPS?

EPS [ Electronic Power Steering ] is used on a variety of GM vehicles and instead of the conventional fluid pump plumbed to the steering rack you have a high-torque motor plugged into the side of the steering column that actuates on-demand. No fluid involved. Simple and effective. Well … until it fails out!

Read More HERE

And a bit of research revealed that the normal mileage window for this failure is 60-70K. Right where I am at! The fix and R&R are actually very straight forward. A couple of 14mm bolts and a connector and that’s it! No adjusting needed. So a quick trip online to Amazon and I got a genuine GM replacement part [$68] ordered and on it’s way. I decided no rebuilt or aftermarket parts for this kind of part.

So I will wait for the new part to arrive and as soon as it gets here I will get it installed. I found the videos and watched them so it should be a simple see and do. They say about 30 minutes to fix. A pretty reasonable and easy fix for a a new car. Well .. 2006 is kinda new. Stay tuned!

Just wingin it!

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Recoloring and refinishing my new wing

A color change for my HHR wing

On one of my recent forays to Parts Galore and Ryan’s U-Pick-It I came across an HHR with a factory wing. I went ahead and grabbed it off.  It was another color of course so after getting it home it needed a recolor. Not a real big deal so I got to it.

A quick rub down with some 360 and then a full wipe down with solvent it was ready for primer. The  rest was the normal prep and shoot with the matching body color. Then a couple of coats of clear and we are good to go.

Now I get to set up the wing to be bolted to the rear hatch. I will have to locate it on the door and drill the mount holes. And like most rear hatch units it is double paneled. So it will be a small task to locate the mount holes and drill the matching 1″ hole on the inside in order to bolt through the skin. But I will tackle that in the next few days if it decides to not rain. Fingers crossed.

Film at 11!